Have you ever thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator? Maybe you considered it but then thought, “I want to be a demonstrator, but I don’t know what to order in my starter kit!” I understand.
When I started, I really wanted to be able to buy the products at a discount. I figured I could do a couple shows to meet my quarterly minimum ($300.00) but mostly I just wanted to be a hobbyist.
I had signed up to sell everything from Mary Kay to Princess House to Amway to Creative Memories over the years. Anyone else get sucked into the excitement of a product and want to sell it????
I just figured I would sign up and enjoy my discount. BUT over the years I started to do more classes and really REALLY LOVE teaching others how to create cards.
So it’s been about 10 years and I’m still selling Stampin’ Up! And now, I’m more than a hobbyist. I’m a demonstrator and a teacher.
Starter Kit Basics
When I signed up, I made some BIG mistakes picking out my starter kit that I don’t want other people to make when they join.
The woman I signed up under was a hobbyist as well, therefore, she didn’t explain some ideas of what to purchase to help me prepare for workshops.
I don’t blame her at all! She was doing it for fun and so was I. There was no need for a big to do about signing up.
However, once I got started and wanted to do classes I saw all the mistakes I made ordering my starter kit come to light.
When you can create your own starter kit (which is a unique feature of Stampin’ Up!) it’s awesome, but it also has its drawbacks.
The basic catalog and demonstrator supplies are included, but not what you need to host a class and make projects with attendees.
Learn from My Mistakes when ordering the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit
Starter Kit Mistake #1 – Don’t Fill Your Kit with Retiring Products!
I bought items that were about to retire! I signed up in May, which is right before the end of the annual catalog. I wanted a lot of stamp sets that were about to retire, so I got them in my starter kit. Once stamps retire, you can’t use them in classes because they are gone from the catalog! So, a majority of my stamp sets were now just for personal use. (This is fine if you are planning to just do this as a hobby, but not good if you want to hold classes)
Starter Kit Mistake #2 – Paper Shortage
I bought packs of paper that were samples of each color family. I wanted to see all the colors, but I didn’t have enough of one color to do a class. It’s great to have samples, but pick at least one full pack of paper to use for the base of your cards at a workshop.
Starter Kit Mistake #3 – Nothing Sparkled
I didn’t know anything about embellishments. My cards were very flat and lacked bling. You always want something on your card to POP! So add something shiny or colorful or is raised up with a dimensional!
Starter Kit Mistake #4 – No Coordination
I had stamp sets, sample paper, a color family ink pad set, and designer series paper but nothing really fit together.
These mistakes led to scrambling to buy more products to even prepare for a class.
I was very new to stamping. Honestly, I had only attended one class and decided I wanted to be a demonstrator and get very involved with stamping.
I was AFRAID!
Prior to that class, stamping scared me. Yes, it scared me! I was a scrapbooker and had no idea how to make a rubber stamped image look so pretty!
But once I started I was hooked and there has been no turning back. I want to share this love and fun with anybody else who is willing to sit down with me for a few minutes and try stamping an image and turning it into a beautiful handmade card.
If you are passionate about card making and want to share it with others, please consider signing up with Stampin’ Up! You won’t regret it.
You get so much back for helping others learn to be creative or just providing a time and place for friends to gather, laugh and create something to share with others.
Or maybe you’re just like me and new to it, but want to make it your new hobby and REALLY want a discount!
I LOVE Perks!
As a demonstrator, you also receive a lot of perks from this fabulous company! And, if you join my team, I will also help guide you and provide helpful tips of what has worked for me.
Interested in joining Stampin’ Up! and my team? Learn about the perks here.
Ready to order your starter kit? Join Now
Sale-A-Bration is one of the best times to join!
Here are the perks of joining this year during Sale-A-Bration
You’re Starter Kit will Include
$125 of products of your choice for $99 + tax (Shipping is FREE)
- 8 pack annual catalog
- 8 pack SaleABration brochure
- Class invitation postcards
- 50 order forms
- Paper Pumpkin Kit!
+Free mini paper cutter
+Sample pack of Designer Series Paper
+Your choice FREE stamp set
Don’t wait, join today and take advantage of this amazing opportunity!
Share this with your friends or save for when you are ready to join Stampin Up! on your Pinterest board